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Hazbin Hotel

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Hazbin Hotel
Title card
Official series logo
Genre
Created byVivienne Medrano
Written by
  • Vivienne Medrano
  • Dave Capdevielle
  • Raymond Hernandez
Screenplay byVivienne Medrano
Story byVivienne Medrano
Directed byVivienne Medrano
Creative director(s)Vivienne Medrano
Voices of
  • Jill Harris
  • Monica Franco
  • Michael Kovach
  • Edward Bosco
  • Mick Lauer
  • Michelle Marie
  • Will Stamper
  • Krystal La Porte
  • Faye Mata
  • Joshua Tomar
Composer(s)
  • Vivienne Medrano
  • Evan Alderete
  • Gooseworx
  • Thomas Ryan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Vivienne Medrano
Editor(s)Vivienne Medrano
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
  • SpindleHorse Toons (pilot)
  • A24 (rest of series)
Release
Original networkYouTube (pilot)
First shown inOctober 28, 2019 (2019-10-28)
Original releaseTBA
Chronology
Related showsHelluva Boss
External links
Official website

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Hazbin Hotel is an American adult animated musical comedy web television series created, directed, written and produced by Vivienne "VivziePop" Medrano.[1][2][3][4] It is made entirely by freelance animators and is largely financed by Medrano's Patreon followers.[5][6][7][8] The official pilot was released on YouTube on October 28, 2019. On November 6, 2019, Medrano stated on Patreon that there was no release date for a second episode yet.[9] By August 2020, the show had developed a dedicated fanbase,[10][11] with the 31-minute pilot receiving over 53 million views as of January 2021,[12] a rise from 32 million views in May 2020.[13] On August 7, 2020, it was announced that A24 had picked up Hazbin Hotel for a full television series,[14] but any information related to its production or release date remains unknown.

A spin-off series, Helluva Boss, unveiled its first season on October 31, 2020, almost one year after the release of its own pilot.[15][16][17][18][19] Helluva Boss takes place in the same universe as Hazbin Hotel, but it has a different cast of characters and story. As Vivienne described it, while both shows share the same setting, Hazbin Hotel is about redemption and consequences of past actions, while Helluva Boss follows "characters and societies that already exist in Hell" with the main focus being on the interpersonal relationships between characters.[20]

Premise[edit]

The series follows Charlie Magne (voiced by Jill Harris), the princess of Hell, charismatic demon, and heir to the throne, as she sets about fulfilling her seemingly impossible dream of opening up a hotel called the "Happy Hotel" which aims to rehabilitate sinners. Due to overpopulation, Hell goes through an annual "cleanse" (purge) once a year, where a type of angel known as Exterminators descend from Heaven to kill demons. Charlie finds this disheartening, and wants to find a more peaceful solution to the overpopulation problem. Her main goal is to have her clients "check out" from Hell as redeemed souls and be accepted into Heaven.

With the help of her devoted manager and girlfriend, Vaggie (Monica Franco), and their reluctant first patron, pornographic film actor Angel Dust (Michael Kovach), she's determined to make her dream become a reality. But when her proposal on live television goes awry, her plan attracts the attention of the powerful "Radio Demon" Alastor (Edward Bosco) who, despite finding her belief in redemption laughable, wants to help Charlie run the hotel for his own amusement.[21][22][23][8]

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (2019)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal air date
1"That's Entertainment"Vivienne MedranoVivienne Medrano, Dave Capdevielle & Raymond HernandezVivienne MedranoOctober 28, 2019 (2019-10-28)

The pilot follows Charlie Magne, the princess of Hell, as she pursues her seemingly impossible goal of rehabilitating demons to peacefully reduce overpopulation in her kingdom. After a yearly extermination imposed by angels, she opens a hotel in hopes that patients will be "checking out" into Heaven. While most of Hell mocks her goal, her devoted partner Vaggie, and their first test subject, adult film-star Angel Dust, stick by her side. When a powerful entity known as the "Radio Demon" reaches out to Charlie to assist in her endeavors, her crazy dream is given a chance to become a reality.

Musical numbers: "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow", and "Alastor's Reprise"

Other media[edit]

Webcomics[edit]

As of July 2020, a webcomic titled “Dirty Healings” that showed how Angel Dust came to know the hotel was completed containing twenty-two pages and hosted on the official website.[24][25] Another comic titled "A Day in the Afterlife" which focused on Alastor's daily life in Hell was uploaded to the website on October 19, 2020, containing sixteen pages.

"Addict" song and music video[edit]

"Addict" is an animated music video released on July 17, 2020 on Medrano's YouTube channel,[26][19][27] based on and featuring the Silva Hound song of the same name.[28] It centers around Angel Dust's relations with his best friend, Cherri Bomb, and his abusive boss, Valentino. The song was performed by Michael Kovach and Kelly "Chi-Chi" Boyer, while Sara "Sherval" Fisher helped compose the music video.[29][lower-alpha 1] Tito W. James of Comicon.com described the video as giving viewers a "deeper look" at the lives of Cherri Bomb and Angel Dust, and praised the "world of Hazbin," as he called it, for being "paradoxically provocative and empathetic."[30] The song ranked as the #3 dance song on iTunes on July 21, 2020.[31] Additionally, the song reached number 14 on the US Dance/Electronic Songs chart, number four on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart, and number 77 on the Dance/Electronic Songs Year-End.[32][33][34]

LGBTQ representation[edit]

Hazbin Hotel includes a gay pornstar named Angel Dust, a bisexual character named Charlie, a lesbian character named Vaggie, and an asexual character named Alastor.[35][23][36] In addition, according to one of the animators of Hazbin Hotel, Faustisse, Husk is pansexual.[37]

Reception[edit]

The series' pilot episode has been critically acclaimed for its animation quality, music, and characters,[38][21][3][39] even by those who are more critical of the show itself.[40] Stephen Novak from The Oswegonian student newspaper praised the animation, writing, and characters in Hazbin Hotel. However, he criticized the songs, saying "while Hazbin Hotel will certainly not appeal to everyone, those who can appreciate good animation and fun characters will certainly find themselves tortured by what is likely to be a long wait until the next episode."[38]

Matt Smith of another student newspaper, The Harbinger, had similar thoughts. Smith praised the show as a "hilariously dark look" into life in Hell while praising the voice acting, singing, and animation.[41] At the same time, he pointed out the show is clearly "not for kids", noting the drug use and sexual references as well as strong language and violence. Smith notes that the animation is crisp and lively, but not perfect. He states that the show has great pacing as well. In addition, Lidia Vassar of the MSU Reporter praised the show, noting its "raunchy sense of humor and quirky art style."[25] She also stated that she was looking forward to future episodes, enjoyed the "diversity of character designers," and stated that it is clear that the show's creators "put a lot of time and heart into this project." In December 2019, in an article about the current state of adult animation, CBR animation critic Reuben Baron stated that while the pilot episodes of Hazbin Hotel and Helluva Boss had garnered "some warranted criticism" because of their inappropriate and edgy humor, they are still "clear labors of love from an animation standpoint."[42] Another critic on CBR, Nerissa Rupnarine, pointed out that Alastor is on the small list of "canon asexual characters" within animation.[43]

On August 7, 2020, Matt Braly, the creator of Amphibia, offered his support for the show, calling the action by A24 in picking up the show for a full television series a "fantastic fucking step forward" and "great."[44] Additionally, Charlie Ceates of Cultured Vultures stated that Hazbin Hotel is an example of how "traditional methods of television production are changing," and posited the possibility of YouTube being used to change the "balance of power between the creator and networks" in favor of creators. Ceates also stated that the show represents a "clear change in traditional media" and called the pilot a "well-designed bit of animation which deserves a watch,"[45] which is echoed by others which say it will have a positive influence on independent animation going forward.[27] Some even said that the success of Hazbin Hotel led to the pilot of Helluva Boss.[46] On November 24, 2020, in an article about the ten funniest lines in the pilot, reviewer Sean Cubillas praised the show for "quirky, ambitious, and dark humor" and some of the "fastest, wittiest, and raunchiest dialogue ever seen in independent animation."[47]

Notes[edit]

  1. She would later work on Helluva Boss and also worked as a compositor and production manager on Hazbin Hotel.

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